East Sussex Federation

Pett WI

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Village Hall, Pett, TN35 4HD

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3rd Wednesday of every month at 7.00pm

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Pett WI meetings

17 January 2018Membership and Social
21 FebruaryThe Lighter Side of Policing
Ian (Spike) Millington
21 MarchNature's Curiosities
Colin Page
18 AprilThe Small Business Stained Glass Artist
Susan Morris
16 MayResolution Meeting
Sunday 10 JuneBig Village Lunch
20 JuneActivity - Poppies, Poppies & Poppies
18 JulySeaview - Reaching the Furthest First
Annie Whelas
15 AugustSummer BBQ
19 SeptemberActivity - Curious about Crafts
Saturday 6 OctoberPett WI Fundraiser
17 OctoberRudyard Kipling - The Sussex Years
Gary Enstone
Sunday 11 NovemberRemembrance Sunday - Poppy Yarn Bombing
to commemorate the centenary of
the end of the First World Way
St Mary & St Peter Church, Pett
21 NovemberAnnual Meeting
12 DecemberChristmas Supper


Well this was the year that we had preparing for. Pett WI was 100 years old this year! The first formal meeting of what was then Fairlight, Guestling and Pett WI was held in January 1917. Unfortunately, due to our records up to 1929 being destroyed by a bomb in the World War Two, we were unable to prove this and as the Sussex Federation was not formed until September 1917, ESFWI had no record of our existence until then.

100 Experiences
All through the year our members have been trying things that they have never done before – from paragliding, sleeping rough, riding a camel, visiting the highest building in the world the Burj Khalifa Dubai – despite a fear of heights and go-karting through singing karaoke, clipping a dog and going to a West End theatre to and paddling in the sea, as well as many more. Each new experience raised £1 for our nominated “Cause of the Year” Pett WISPA (Women’s Institute Sanitary Protection Action) and we raised £100 – all monies are to support homeless and hard up women in local shelters and through charities.
Presenting Twiddle Muffs made by members to dementia ward at Conquest Hospital, Hastings
Mike Hatchard Concert
This was held at The Stables Theatre on 8 October, again to celebrate our centenary. Members went free and guests paid just £10. The money raised from ticket sales covered the cost of both the artist and the venue, with money being raised for Pett WISPA from a raffle and donations.

Members at the Pett WI tent at our local Pett Flower Show – it was very wet!!

During the course of the year we learnt about the Crown Court and The Hampstead Murders as well as how to tie those lovely bows that florists use. Roger Nuttall from Hastings Homeless Service, made a welcome return and Gary Enstone inspired many of us to visit Batemans, long time home of Rudyard Kipling. Andy Dinsdale gave a great talk about what can be found on our beaches and Janetta Harvey told us the true price of a puppy.
Again we had a BBQ for our August meeting and the weather was kind once more. Phil Button, ably assisted by Eve, cooked some delicious food and everyone had a great time.

Theatre Trips:
Exciting trip to see The Girls – West End London. On stage with some of the cast.
Our theatre trips continued with trips to The Stables but a welcome addition this year was a trip to the West End. A group of members went to see The Girls, a musical based on Calendar Girls. It was a great day with members having their photo taken on stage with some of the cast and actually singing Jerusalem on stage too!

Big Village Lunch: This was always going to be special in our centenary year! On Sunday June 4 once again more than 80 people poured into Pett Village Hall to enjoy lunch with their friends and neighbours. It was our sixth successive lunch and of course we had bubbles to celebrate. We even planted a crab apple tree to commemorate our centenary!
The Big Village Lunch.
Planting a crab apple tree outside Pett Village Hall to commemorate our centenary year at our Big Village Lunch
Entertainment came from Lipstick and Beatniks. Again the weather was delightful, enabling many to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and more than £400 was raised for local causes, including Pett Village Hall, POPP, St Nicholas, Pett Level Preservation Trust and Pett WISPA.

Pett WISPA: In our centenary year, WISPA was nominated to be our “Cause of the Year” and funds were raised throughout the year through our 100 New Experiences, as well as raffles and donations, so that we could to continue to supply local shelters and charities.

One of the objectives for 2017 was to organise a local fundraising initiative, and this took place on Saturday 21 October at Pett Village Hall. Mandy Hogarth ran two Tomboogie sessions, which were open to both members and non-members, and indeed attracted a lot of interest from Pett residents as well as people from further afield.

Trip to Batemans: Following Gary Enstone’s great talk in July, a trip was arranged to Batemans in October. A number of members went and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the home of the author, whom Gary had brought so vividly to life.

All in all it has been a centenary year to enjoy. With a new varied and interesting programme planned for next year, new members coming on to the Committee and more projects and challenges, Pett WI can only go from strength to strength.Lovely cake made by Committee member Lindsey Johnson marking the end of our centenary year.

Pett WI Centenary Tea Party

Well, what an afternoon it was! Around 90 ladies came in their finery, complete with hats and fascinators, to Pett Village Hall to celebrate 100 years of the WI. The theme was ‘Putting on the Ritz’ and the hall looked splendid with tables spread with white tablecloths and pretty vintage china. A little posy of flowers in the centre of each table completed the picture.

As guests arrived they were greeted with music from the Corelli String Quartet and could enjoy a glass of something fizzy from the Bubbles Bar, served by a bartender resplendent in DJ! After a welcome from Pett WI President Heather Godwin and a rousing rendition of Jerusalem, the ladies settled down to a delicious tea of sandwiches followed by home made scones and cakes with tea served by DJ clad waiters. It certainly made you feel special. Then there was a great fashion show, delivered by Niche of Rye, accompanied by a brilliant young harpist, Saffie Burgess.

A vote of thanks to Heather, Pett WI Treasurer Wendy Burgess and all the other members who had worked so hard in preparing for the day, was given by Kathryn Hutson, Chair of the East Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes and the general view was that a great afternoon had been had by all!

Centenary Tea Party
Pett WI Centenary Tea Party
Members enjoying tea
Members enjoying tea